Sunshine Beer, Director
Sunshine has been riding motorcycles since 1998 and has been involved in motorcycle safety and rider education since 2003. Sunshine teaches all levels of rider education from introductory classes to precision riding courses for expert riders. Sunshine is one of five Evergreen Safety Council’s Sidecar/Trike Education Program’s Chief Instructors, and a Mentor Instructor and Instructor Trainer for STAR. Sunshine served as the STAR Program’s Training Manager from 2008 to January of 2015.
Sunshine is the co-author of several STAR courses and can also be credited with helping Idaho STAR to become one of only two basic rider training programs to be recognized by a national organization as meeting the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) Model National Standards for Entry-level Motorcycle Rider Training. Sunshine is a voting member of the National Association of State Motorcycle Safety Administrators (SMSA) and actively participates in various committee projects.
Her goals are to lead others to knowledge, encourage thought and action, inspire excellence, and change the world and save lives, one motorcycle rider at a time. Sunshine enjoys all types of riding and has owned a variety of motorcycles over the years. She currently rides a 2013 BMW R1200GSW and a 2014 Kawasaki Z1000.
Dr. Jackie Throngard, Administrative Coordinator
Jackie says "joining the Idaho STAR Program to promote motorcycle safety in Idaho makes me feel enthusiastic! I received my Ed.D. in Leadership and Administration from Idaho State University. I am a huge fan of non-profits and programs that promote advancement for Idaho. I am thrilled to work with very talented and fun individuals in the promotion of motorcycle safety. Cheers!"
Kris Turner, Administrative Assistant
Originally from Eastern Idaho, Kris moved to the Treasure Valley and has resided there for 20 years. She is excited to be a part of the STAR family, as her husband is an avid rider and sets a great example for her two young boys. Who knows? Maybe we’ll be seeing her on a bike before too long…
Lindsay Northness, Office Specialist
Lindsay was born and raised in Boise. She is happily married with children. She loves to be outdoors during the warmer months, and if they are not swimming, camping, or hiking you can probably find the family playing some backyard games. Lindsay is a Girl Scout troop leader and currently has a wonderful group of Brownies. She is excited to be joining a great team at Idaho STAR and look forwards to what the future holds.